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The UT Physics and Astronomy Department will be sponsoring “Observing The Transit Of Mercury” Monday, May 9, on the roof of the Alvin H. Nielsen Physics Building. The roof will be open at 7:00 a.m. and observing will be conducted until 3:00 p.m.

This is a semi-rare event and can be only be observed safely with proper equipment. Several telescopes will be available and fitted with appropriate filters for this purpose. Paul Lewis, director of UT’s planetarium and space science outreach, is hosting the event. Learn more online.

Also Monday, Gary Noland, adjunct instructor of astronomy, will discuss Mercury’s transit across the sun during a stargazing workshop at Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available online.